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Post Reply Toys R Us files for Chapter 11: childhood officially dead
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Maybe they should have focused on toys instead of trying to spread out to clothes and babies. Maybe it's just a business ploy, as businesses file chapter 11 all the time.
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Not dead: Just grown up and facing the harshness of financial reality...
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Personally I have a 6 year old and I wont shop at ToysR'Us. Their prices are so inflated I am not the least bit surprised. For instance my son wanted a lego set. It was cheaper at the mall in a random store then it was in Toyrus. Im sure online companies prices make it look like its price gouging. I understand they have bills to pay but when your markup is considerably more then other companies who carry toys as side option... I have to question why.
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I last went to a Toys R' Us a few months ago, in search of an Amiibo.
The entire place was similar to a war zone, or the likeness of what I could only assume was the Children's Apocalypse.
Toys were all over the floor.
The electronics/video game section had games scattered across the floor, robotic dinosaurs were removed from their boxes, and none of the Amiibos weren't organized (or easily found, as they were on the bottom shelf behind a bunch of "electronic dolls" that played 90's music).
When I asked the only employee in the electronics department what happened I was told they were doing "renovations".

That was when I realized that this was the next step.
My experience with another Toys R' Us, a few states away, was similar; like walking into a Ross or Roses (cheaper department stores).
Few employees, disorganized, dirty, and haven't received new stock for quite a while.
They refused to be competitive after things went digital.
They attempted to have people flock to them due to exclusive Amiibos or official products; yet, that was short-lived.
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Nobody gave two shits about toys are us.

Even when I was a kid I wondered why it existed.

Even now I wonder why Amazon hasn't just destroyed everything else except Wal-Mart.

Why hasn't Amazon ruled the world yet? Step up your game Amazon, I thought you were better than this. you deserve more.

Money! Or toys are us can always be changed to a sex shop. It would be really hip and happening if they did. They could take over the sex toy market like Amaz....... oh

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This is largely another story of "private equity" buying a company, loading it with debt as they pay themselves "dividends" for the "purchase" and then watch the company collapse as they have zero interest nor ability to understand and run a toy business. It has happened time and time again to American companies, Toys R Us was mostly killed by the greed of a few who extracted everything of value for themselves and left a hobbling company to stagger under debt while they sat at Manhattan restaurants celebrating their "win".
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Going to TRU in the early 90's was like going to an amusement park. I could spend all day at those Nintendo kiosks watching videos.

With that said I saw this coming. The place is only busy during holiday season.
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Toys R Us used to be a good place to shop; however, they need to fix their prices. It is way to expensive. I remember I went to Toys R Us to buy Zoid and Gundam models. Also, when Beyblades was popular, I bought it. I also bought Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon cards. I remember buying a Pokedex lol

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I'm surprised they still exists. Since they packed up the local shop years ago I've had no reason to search for them. Other shops changed, they downsized main shops and offered online service to keep up with the times.
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I hated TRU growing up, mainly because we were too poor to shop there. The only time we went, was to buy a gift for someone elses kid, and if I ask for something, I wasn't allowed because it wasn't my birthday coming up.

I never did get that Veemon Plushie and Digivice that year, or any year after. =w=,

It's sad to see more jobs being lost, but I'm kinda happy to see that store close. >->,
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Posted 9/19/17
First it's Saturday morning cartoons, not its this? RIP childhood.
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The last time I was at a TRU was in November of 2009. For a little bit of electronic data known as the pokemon, Arceus.

That was miles of driving in the middle of winter, just to find a single store.

And that's the day that something clicked in my mind. A certain feeling of desperation for business. Only amplified by the dark loneliness of little to no other customers in this huge building...
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I felt like it was only a matter of time before it happened, the Toys r Us in my city is just deserted, everytime my boyfriend and I pass the place while we drive, and it's driveway is almost completely deserted. I felt like it was only a matter of time before it happened, even when I went back there during 2012, the place looked deserted.
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Posted 9/19/17
I dont think I ever bought anything from there.
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